- IPsec Versus OpenVPN
- Requirements for the OpenVPN Solution
- Setting Up the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
- Setting Up the VPN Serve
- Configuring OpenVPN
- Configuring a Sample Client
- Connecting to the Server
- Configuring the Routing
- Working with Unprivileged Users
- Advantages and Disadvantages of This Solution
Connecting to the Server
Prior to attempting a connection, the server must be restarted. It's also advisable to remove any blocking software for testing purposes (firewalls, for example). Once this is complete, establish a connection by selecting Connect from OpenVPN's GUI context menu. A window should pop up and scroll some log entries, and then prompt for a password. If you enter the correct password, the client will authenticate to the server and your connection icon will turn green. You should also get a message confirming your successful connection.
Once connected, by using a simple ping command you can verify that your link is working. If both the internal and external interfaces on the server respond to a ping, the VPN solution is working.